Role Call: David Bradley

Role Call

circbarIt would be tedious to go through all of David Bradley’s best roles because there are so very many. He’s played key roles in various shows and films, and he’s popped up in some of the greatest British TV series, from Doctor Who to Broadchurch to Game of Thrones, as well as some personal favorites like Ashes to Ashes and Eternal Law. Let’s have a look at some of the nerdiest roles…

Abraham Setrakian

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David Bradley makes del Toro’s The Strain (2014) American TV show shine. While the show fails to be as scary as the book series, Bradley’s performance as the antiques’ dealer with a mysterious past makes it worth tuning in.

William Hartnell

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An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) is a TV film dramatization of Doctor Who’s origins at the BBC. Bradley plays the very first Doctor, William Hartnell. The scriptwriting is, while needfully sappy, brilliantly put together, and Bradley’s Hartnell is extraordinarily convincing.

Walder Frey

bradley3Walder Frey, named after the band The Frey, is  Lord of the Crossing in The Game of Thrones. He appears in seasons 1 and 3 (2011-2013).

Cohen the Barbarian

bradley4In the TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld novel The Color of Magic (2008), Bradley plays Cohen the Barbarian, who protagonists Rincewind and Two Flower come across during their travels and bring him along on their adventures.

Arthur Webley

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Perhaps Arthur Webley’s presence in Edgar Wright’s film Hot Fuzz (2007) is just to add to the joke that no one can understand PC Bob Walker through all his mumbling. Though, after the whole “trimming hedges that don’t belong to him” predicament is settled, it does introduce the earth shattering sea mine.

Argus Filch

bradley6And finally, who could list the nerdiest roles without a nod to Harry Potter (2001-2011)? Argus Filch is the grumpy caretaker of Hogwarts. He usually just wanders around with his cat, complaining and scolding the children.

 

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